October 08, 2009

Save me from zealots

I tell you, it never fails. In any thread where someone asks for help with their computer, someone will pop in and suggest running Ubuntu. They're worse than Mac freaks.

I tell you, there is nothing that the holy Open Source cannot fix! It can make the blind walk and the lame see! Yea, brothers and sisters, your souls can be saved if only you turn away from the demon Gates and follow the true faith!

And it's cheaper, too.

(Sorry. I can't post this in that thread because it would be a violation of the rules, and I needed to vent.)

UPDATE: By the way, Pete, you have my eternal gratitude for not being like that!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Rants at 09:16 PM | Comments (12) | Add Comment
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1 You know, the third time I saw a nearly-identical comment from someone about how Ubuntu saved him money, cleared up his acne, cured cancer, and brought his grandmother back from the dead, I began to suspect the existence of a legion of shills, paid by Mark Shuttleworth to pimp his baby. The way they pop up out of nowhere in every forum known to mankind, always pushing one particular well-funded variety of Linux, I no longer regard it as mere suspicion.


Posted by: J Greely at October 08, 2009 09:26 PM (2XtN5)

2 I know jack about the politics of the open source movement. But you're right that somehow it always seems to be Ubuntu that these guys push this way. It's never any other release of Linux. (And it's never OpenBSD, in any form.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 08, 2009 09:40 PM (+rSRq)

3 (Shrugs) Well, Ubuntu's based off of Debian which has been around a long time.  What what I've seen from watching other people using Kbuntu/Ubuntu, it's a pretty capable distro.  At least for software engineers.

I run Slackware, myself.  We'd see occasional waves of "convert to Debian, you losers" trolls in our forums/newsgroups.  Must be the viral aspects of the LGPL. 

Posted by: Mark A. Flacy at October 08, 2009 11:52 PM (Lbkvv)

4 You have to say this for Linux, it makes the MacHeads look sane.

Posted by: Toren at October 09, 2009 02:31 AM (9K6fX)

5 You are very welcome. Actually, I'm quite zealous, I'm just reticent. Also, all my computers run Fedora.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at October 09, 2009 05:41 AM (/ppBw)

6 Since nobody has risen to the challenge, I'll recommend OpenBSD. My firewall, web server, and primary mail filter are running on OpenBSD.
My file server, torrent server, IMAP server and workstation at the office are all running Gentoo Linux, which has the most user abuser installation of any modern OS! So there!

Posted by: bloatboy at October 09, 2009 06:01 AM (nwtwl)


To be fair, they didn't suggest _switching_ to Ubuntu, just using a live CD as a diagnostic tool.


Posted by: RickC at October 09, 2009 07:41 AM (0+Ap7)


Isn't there a fanboy-group somewhere for the original GNU, running the Hurd kernel?

Or did they finally get tired of waiting for the project to finish?

Posted by: karrde at October 09, 2009 09:10 AM (bIh97)

9 Open Source projects finish? 

Posted by: metaphysician at October 09, 2009 09:28 AM (M5Kik)


I suspect when the heat-death of the Universe occurs, new code check-ins will decline to zero.

Of course, five minutes before the heat-death, there will be a flurry of "This wouldn't have happened if all you losers had switched to Ubuntu!" forum posts.

Posted by: Boviate at October 09, 2009 12:25 PM (PJNgE)

They're worse than Mac freaks.

See!!!! Worse than us! Worse than us!

It's a rare day that I can come to Chizumatic for affirmation.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at October 09, 2009 05:08 PM (V5zw/)

12 I think we'll let this thread go now.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 09, 2009 05:58 PM (+rSRq)

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